SCOTLAND, UK - The Solway Cockle Fishery Management Study has concluded.
The study, an innovative initiative to test a new approach to cockle fishery management which allowed a limited cockle fishery, was due to run until mid-September but has concluded early following the withdrawal of the contractor as a result of difficult conditions and low prices in key markets. The fishery will remain closed until further notice.
Commenting on the closure Scottish Fisheries Secretary Richard Lochhead said: “Marine Scotland has been working with the local community and agencies to achieve a sustainable long-term cockle fishery which delivers significant economic benefits to the wider local community.
"It is obviously disappointing the study has had to finish early but even this development is a learning point. Marine Scotland are content to accept the end of the contract as we feel nothing further can be learnt from the study given current market conditions.
“I appreciate the support of local stakeholders involved in the study in recent months and once the study has been fully considered my officials will work on possible future management options for the Solway Cockle Fishery. These options that will be fully discussed and explored with the local community before any final decision is taken.
“Our overarching aim remains a fishery in the Solway that is safe, sustainable and offers local benefits for years to come.”
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